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“Priorities Are All Wrong” GMB Slams £100 Million Security Costs For Glasgow COP26

Wednesday, January 15, 2020


“Priorities Are All Wrong” GMB Slams £100 Million Security Costs For Glasgow COP26

 Amid media reports this morning (Wednesday 15 February) that security costs for UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow could cost “several hundred million pounds”, GMB Scotland Secretary Gary Smith said:

 “The prospect of hundreds of millions of pounds of public money spent on policing costs alone will sicken frontline council staff and struggling local communities.

 “The world’s political elite will fly in and out of Glasgow later in the year but the city’s many challenges will remain the day after the circus leave town.

 “What exactly are we hoping to showcase by hosting this summit?

 “Glasgow waste crisis is getting worse – you only need to look at the latest footage of the conditions facing cleansing workers on a daily basis.

“Our home carers are working alone on foot at night to provide basic home care help for some of our most vulnerable citizens.

“The council needs to find an additional £250 million to settle residual equal pay claims for tens of thousands of council staff past and present.

“It also needs to replace its discriminatory WPBR with a new job evaluation system lifts up the pay and conditions of chronically low-paid staff.

“Our priorities are all wrong. The best thing government could do for Glasgow is to ditch hosting the COP and instead invest the money in dealing with the state of the city.”


Contact: GMB Scotland Communications on 07976 447077 or 0141 352 8162.  

Notes to Editors:

“COP 26: Glasgow climate summit security costs could run into ‘hundreds of millions”, The Herald, 15 January 2020: <<>>

Glasgow GMB (@GMBGlasgowCC) “Glasgow waste crisis is getting worse…”, 15 January 2020, <<>> Tweet

“Glasgow home carers working with vulnerable residents feel ‘unsafe’”, Glasgow Times, 14 November 2019: <<>>

“Filthy Glasgow is in political and economic decline, says trade union leader”, Sunday Herald, 7 July 2019: <<>>